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'The VA's Luxury Art Obsession'

July 26, 2016 08:01 AM
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While up to 1,000 veterans died waiting for VA healthcare; while many calls to the suicide prevention hotline were answered by voicemail; while the healthcare claims appeals process was described as "the hamster wheel"; and while the VA created 40,000 new positions, but hired only 3,600 doctors (2012-2015) – the agency managed to spent $20 million on artwork.

Included in the expenditures is a 27’ artificial Christmas tree for $21,500 delivered to Chillicothe, OH and two sculptures costing $670,000 for a VA facility in California that serves blind veterans. Blind veterans can’t see fancy sculptures, and all veterans deserve to see a doctor.

By: Adam Andrzejewski, CEO at and author of the Forbes editorial, The VA’s Luxury Art Obsession






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Olympia Fields, IL
7/28/2019 12:55 PM

  The waste of money that would better spent on facility improvements, research, and improvements in quality of care is unforgivable by any standard. However, I need to know why there is this pervasive ignorance around who is responsible for the mis-spending of tax payer dollars. If you want to know then you must examine the spending and appropriations from both the Republican and Democratic Parties. Neither party is out doing the other on misappropriation or spending. Providing tax breaks to the top one percent while leaving the 99% to take up the wealthy one % 's tax burden is very one sided and falls entirely at the feet of the Republican Party the Party of the 1%. I am not at all endorsing the Republican Party due to its record on Hitler like treatment of human beings at the southern border. Any worth while human being would not vote for any Party or person who practices such inhmane treatment of fellow human beings. For that reason alone, although I have others, I would not vote for a Republican to clean doggie doo. People will vote their conscience and that I know.

Robert Merrick
Baltimore, MD
6/23/2018 09:57 AM

  As long as voters keep re-electing democrats and career politicians, the VA will be overrun with incompetent morons. If you want to support our Veterans, vote against ALL democrats and career politicians, and urge the president to prosecute Obama, Schumer and Pelosi for subversion of the US Constitution. Personally, I visit the cathedral everyday and light a candle that Obama, Schumer and Pelosi will get brain cancer and die while waiting for treatment at a VA Hospital they were responsible for turning these institutions into the world's worst health care.

San Diego, CA
4/2/2017 10:12 AM

  What can be done to stop this insanity? Seriously, what can people do to stop this from continuing?